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    Old 01-15-2015, 03:00 PM   #1
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    Lowgrade fever for 3 months = cancer?

    I was healthy and active before October 2014. Then I got a sinus infection so my PCP put me on a zpak, felt fine and the fevers, chills, congestion went away. The last day of the 5 day course I started to feel crappy and boom my fever was back. I'm normally at 97.9-98.3. My temp has been around 99.3-over 100 degrees since October 2014. I tried 2 other courses of antibiotics and steroids and it did nothing but suppress my appetite. I ended up loosing 12lbs in one month. I have since gained about 4lbs. I have seen an infectious disease specialist, gi specialist (I had blood in my stool at one point) and everyone just thinks it's a virus. My PCP ordered a ct of abdomen which didn't really show anything (normal lookin cyst on kidney, thickening of distal colon) the colonoscopy was unremarkable. I've had night sweats that come and go, intermittent chest pain, armpit pain, I had a slight tremor that comes and goes in my hands and legs.
    Every single bug my children pick up, it hits me hard. It's like I have no immune system like with cancer or aids.
    All blood work has been unremarkable. One time my ana was slightly elevated. I tested negative for active ebv, no tb, no pneumonia, no flu, no lyme it tickborne, chest X-ray clear, ct of head was unremarkable also I still have intermittent
    sinus pressure pain.
    I do have pain/discomfort in my groin (particularly inner part of upper left thigh, that seems to be spreading down toward me knee) severe shoulder pain, neck pain, this one node in my neck is a little larger. I had my PCP make sure to check all my glands and he says everything feels fine
    I want to push for a ct scan of my pelvis to feet and my neck, but my doctors think it's not necessary. It's now mid January and I have been BED RIDDEN, exhausted, persistent low grade fever, appetite comes and goes, have some insomnia issues, generally feel like there's something wrong with me. Anyone who's had cancer experience this? Or am I just spazzing? Lymphoma seems to be my only fear, since it won't show up in labs as "hey there's something wrong"
    Anyone suffer from this?

     
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    Old 01-15-2015, 03:05 PM   #2
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    Re: Lowgrade fever for 3 months=cancer?

    Also, is it possible that's it's so early in its stages that if the radiologist wasn't reliable, he could have missed any sort of lymph abnormality? At what point should I get another opinion? I guess I can wait another few more months and see if my PCP will do a pet scan?

     
    Old 01-19-2015, 03:10 AM   #3
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    Re: Lowgrade fever for 3 months = cancer?

    Not to underplay your symptoms, but have you actually thought this could be chronic fatigue syndrome/ME? I know someone with this and other than the bloody stool part part (never asked him about that to be honest), your symptoms sound an exact match for his. A virus triggered his a year or 2 ago and like i said, it could easily be him writing what you've written.

    His was diagnosed through a process of elimination and you sound as if you've had a pretty extensive elimination process too.

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    Old 01-20-2015, 09:54 PM   #4
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    Re: Lowgrade fever for 3 months = cancer?

    Thank you for your response! With being sick for 3 months I've definitely seen Cfs come up in my research. How is your friend now? I'm still going to have my dr order monthly cbc blood tests but I just feel like my doctors have no insight as to what to do next. How does your friend deal with his fevers?is he able to work out? Did the fevers ever go away for him? Or is he still dealing with it 2 years later?
    It's Really comforting to know that there is finally at least ONE person in this world that has had the same symptoms complaint as me. The fevers are just relentless. The other stuff comes and goes, but I just feel like the fever will never really go away.
    Thanks again for the insight!

     
    Old 01-21-2015, 02:46 AM   #5
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    It's been around 2 years now and as much as I don't want to freak you out, he's housebound more often than not with it. Yeah, his fevers are a regular occurrence and he likens it to having bad flu (not the cold) most days.

    Sore throats, headaches, muscle aches, general malaise, nausea, shakes from time to time, difficulty sleeping due to the discomfort, exhaustion etc.

    He was in perfect health then came down with one of those viral infections we all get from time to time and whilst he improved initially, he never shaked it off properly and began going downhill soon afterwards where his condition just kinda plateaued.

    He went for MRI's, CT's, US, blood tests, liver tests etc etc and like yourself, they all came back as unremarkable.

    One thing to bear in mind with blood tests, when getting them often things will come back higher and lower because counts are constantly changing, so unless something remains low or high, then it's really nothing to worry about.

     
    Old 04-04-2015, 08:45 PM   #6
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    My husband has had a lowgrade to sometimes high fever for almost 2 months. He's been tested for everything imaginable under the sun, he's become a pin cushion with all of the blood tests and cultures he's had dome. A ct scan discovered a really bad sinus infection, which was treated with a z-pack, but the fevers still continued. A MRI of his abdomen showed enlarged lymph nodes. They did an MRI of his head/brain and it showed a mass. He just had brain surgery to get a biopsy of the mass. The results were inconclusive at Methodist in Minneapolis, so they are being sent to Mayo. Other than the lowgrade fever for 2 months he has had no other symptoms (a bit tired because we have a young child who doesn't sleep through the night!). The neurosurgeon said he is honestly completely baffled by the biopsy results. It doesn't have clear signs of cancer, doesn't have clear signs of an infection, and doesn't have clear signs of a tumor. Its terrifying playing this waiting game.

     
    Old 04-04-2015, 11:22 PM   #7
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    I'm so sorry to hear about your husband's situation sstonak. Not knowing what's going on is one of the most unbearable things. To update you all on my status. It really seems more like a chronic fatigue syndrome type thing. I had very high fevers (very high for me=> 100-101) for a few weeks in the beginning of February) I finally got my ID DR to order a PET SCAN (eyes to knees) this was to help rule out cancer since they inject me with a radioactive sugar that is readily taken up by cells that are cancerous. Pet scans show hot spots essentially where the overactive cells are. My insurance refused to pay since There were no lymph nodes that were biopsied or I had to have a diagnosis of cancer already. (Duh the whole point in having the PET was to find nodes that were possibly cancerous)anyways it cost me ~$1300 out of pocket but it was worth it to at least try to rule that out. The results came back negative (there was some abnormality near my uterus but an ultrasound due to abnormal bleeding in January 15' helped assure me that the abnormality was due to positioning as the radiologist suggested in his report) I went back to work despite the fever/farigue/tremors, and maybe it was good for me? The fevers still persist till this day, but after going back to work, I felt horrible and shaky/fluish, feverish...tired, but work really helped me take my mind off. I noticed that my fever comes on more so in the evenings or I've over done it and I'm exhausted. I've given up on checking my temps now because it drives me nuts. I don't know why or how medically the fact that I was working my body harder helped me regain my life, but it has! I now have enough energy to cook, grocery shop, do laundry, watch my children by myself. The one thing I started doing back in January which may also be helping is the fact that I now take: 2000 IU OF VITAMIN D3, b-complex vitamin, and my prenatal vitamin daily. I am trying to eat healthier. I cried everyday for those 3-4 months not know what was going on with me. I prayed and had so many others praying for me. I don't know why I experienced what I did but the good thing is that it brought me closer to the Lord. I felt so helpless so many times and was comforted throughout my ordeal in so many ways when I just trusted that this happened to me for a reason. I will most definitely be praying for your husband that you guys get some sort of definitive answer on the mass biopsy. I know how scary it must be right now not knowing. Keep looking for answers. I've stopped looking because I've literally exhausted every test and everyone assumes it was a virus... Which it probably was and also probably a combo of side effects to the meds I was given. Maybe if you can afford a pet scan, try that? I can finally sleep without having to take benadryl to help me sleep, because my mind can stop thinking what if it's cancer? I still get the fevers and get tired but I'm alive and am slowly getting back to normal. Best of luck to you guys. And take care
    Thanks again shoobydoo!! I am just dealing with the symptoms and enjoying all the good days and hoping they continue to outweigh the bad days. I hope your friend is doing better and is dealing with his Cfs/symptoms as well!

     
    Old 04-20-2015, 09:32 AM   #8
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    Re: Lowgrade fever for 3 months = cancer?

    Hi,

    I too have had low-grade fever daily, or almost daily, since Aug 14, 2014. Have also had many tests done, many infections "treated", hospitalization due to kidney infection, had 9 antibiotics/ 1 afunginal, and still dealing with the low-grade fevers. Several of my other symptoms (itchiness at night, tiny hives, etc.) are now about gone, but one thing remains--a CT scan revealed lung nodules back in Dec, and my follow-up CT this month shows those nodules are still present. My dr. will conduct a bronchoscopy this week and will take biopsies for testing. Oh, and I also, (at 35 yrs. of age) had an angina attack and needed to be put on heart meds as of Jan this year.

    All to say that I understand what you have gone through/are going through still. One thing that has helped me was seeing a natural doctor who told me to take 3000 mg of Vit C a day. She also gave me other supplements to boost my immune system, increased my Vit D, put me on nebulizing hydrogen peroxide, put me on Bravo Probiotic Yogurt.

    I'm here waiting for my test this week. I just did more research on the location of my lung nodules. Not being a dr, I can't really say what I have, but what I read points to something like sarcoidosis or cancer. Will wait and see the results.

    After 8 months of being sick, I'm doing somewhat better, although not totally well. Hoping you will be able to have improvement also.

     
    Old 04-20-2015, 09:40 AM   #9
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    Oh, and also tests can be "negative" while you can still have the infection they test for. For example, my lymphocyte count is usually quite low. I read that a blood test for TB can be negative if your body is low on lymphocytes. The low count of lymphocytes does not let your body create the reactivity cells they look for in those tests. That includes tests like for CMV/EBV also. Mine were both negative--TB and CMV/EBV. I know I've been exposed to both.

     
    Old 04-29-2015, 12:09 PM   #10
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    have you considered dietary and lifestyle changes and balancing ur pH that could allow your body to heal itself???

     
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